Organizational Milestones

Fabian Barnes begins the Dance Institute of Washington as a summer intensive dance program for hearing-impaired youth at Gallaudet Model Secondary School for the Deaf.  

DIW holds its program at six recreation centers throughout DC, giving special attention to Wards Seven and Eight.  

DIW incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and establishes its first holiday performance at the Kennedy Center.  

Fabian retires from the Dance Theatre of Harlem to give his full attention to DIW's school of dance and outreach program.  

DIW receives the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.  

Fabian Barnes receives the Oprah's Angel Network Use Your Life Award.

DIW is recognized as one of the Daily Points of Light by the Points of Light Foundation.

Fabian Barnes receives the Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.  

CNN's "American Heroes" recognizes Fabian Barnes for his tireless work in bringing dance, arts education and performance opportunities to inner-city youth.  

Fabian Barnes establishes Washington Reflections Dance Company.  

Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semifinals: Dance Institute of Washington is recognized as Outstanding School and the DIW's Senior Youth Repertory Ensemble is recognized as 1st Place Ensemble.  

The NBC Today Show credits DIW with "keeping Dr. King's dream alive" by dedicating a center to performing arts education, youth development, child development and community enrichment.

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington honors Mr. Barnes as the 2004 recipient of the Founder's Award.

Leadership Greater Washington inducts Fabian Barnes as a member.  
Fabian Barnes is featured on the Remarkable Journey hosted by Kweisi Mfume.  

WYCB 1340 AM recognizes Fabian Barnes as an African American Faces in High Places Local Honoree.

DIW celebrates the grand opening of its state-of-the-art dance facility in Columbia Heights.  

DIW celebrates its 20th anniversary.  

Washingtonian Magazine honors Fabian Barnes as a Washingtonian of the Year.  

DIW's Youth Repertory Ensemble performs as part of a special concert in honor of Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

DIW is recognized as one of the Daily Points of Light by the Points of Light Foundation.

DIW receives a generous grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to participate in the UPSTART capacity building program.  

DIW's pre-professional and community students perform an adaptation of West Side Story at Wolf Trap's Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods.  

DIW's Positive Directions Through Dance program wins the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  

DIW celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a culminating gala event November 29th at the French Embassy.  

Fabian Barnes is awarded the Amtrak Pioneer award for outstanding involvement in the community dealing with Washington, DC youth and beneficial community outreach efforts!
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